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News / Caribbean calm: your guide to 14 of the best beach resorts

Experience the legendary warmth of the Caribbean’s charming islands. Dazzling sands, crystal blue waters and culture-filled towns invite total relaxation. Here's our pick of the best beach resorts in the Caribbean to find your calm...

Best for foodies / 1. Colony Club, Barbados

Amongst tranquil tropical gardens, the iconic Colony Club may be sleek and sophisticated but it oozes Caribbean charm. Indulge in the popular Corks & Canvas Programme where guests are encouraged to gather to enjoy wine and painting. For foodies, the Organic Garden Tour and “bait-to-plate” fishing excursions, followed up by cooking demonstrations and tasting are not to be missed.

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Best for rejuvenation / 2. Coral Reef Club, Barbados

Outdoor Spa, Coral Reef Club, Barbados

Cocooned in 12 acres of glorious landscaped gardens in historic Holetown, the gentle pace of this family owned and- run resort is testament to its classic charm and colonial style. Opt for a healthy dose of yoga, hiking, Caribbean-style Zumba and holistic treatments, personalised with your levels of fitness to revitalise and replenish your being

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Best for rejuvenation / 3. Spice Island, Grenada

Outdoor Seating, Spice Island, Grenada

Setting the bar for luxury accommodation in Grenada, those seeking a stay to distance themselves from the stresses of daily life will do well here. A beachfront yoga pavilion complete with comprehensive yoga menu, a fully equipped fitness centre and full-service Spa set the scene for an experience focused on health and wellness. Unwind in Janissa’s Spa, surrounded by a tranquil courtyard where skilled spa technicians practice the restorative powers of spices, seaweed and citrus zest to revive and revitalise.

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Best for rejuvenation / 4. BodyHoliday, St Lucia

Perched directly on Cariblue beach where the waters are quiet and the wind is calm; this newly refurbished, all-inclusive resort is known for being on the cutting-edge of health and wellness. Invest time in yourself with complimentary 50-minute daily spa treatments or experience the new dining concept I-Tal, that allows guests to choose and harvest their own produce whilst learning about the health benefits of each product.

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Best for adults only relaxation / 5. Viceroy Riveria Maya, Mexico

Located on a 7-mile stretch of beach, yet just a short 10-minutes from lively Playa Del Carmen, this hidden retreat is the only luxury hotel in the Riviera Maya that is adult focused. Relax in a haven of peace and tranquillity surrounded by papaya trees, waterfalls and home to a family of small spider monkeys. With such creative surroundings, enjoy the painting area or writing corner as well as a library lounge; the emphasis here really is on relaxation and restoration.

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Best for a sense of adventure / 6. Mandarin Oriental Canouan, The Grenadines

Snorkeling, Mandarin Oriental Canouan, The Grenadines

A boutique bolthole set away from the busier Caribbean resorts, Mandarin Oriental Canouan boasts a dreamy setting surrounded by the Caribbean’s largest living coral reef. Go sailing in Tobago Cays where the water is teeming with colourful schools of fish and turtles; Canouan is the Carib Indian Name for “Island of the Turtles”.

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Best for a sense of adventure / 7. The Cotton House, Mustique

Adventure, The Cotton House, Mustique

Set in tropical gardens, this resort is the beating heart of Mustique’s captivating social scene. Nine deserted beaches invite exploration; the resort staff can prepare and set up a picnic for a romantic toes-in-the- sand dining experience. Those feeling more adventurous can get out and explore the island on one of many hiking trails taking in exhilarating shorelines or join the island’s marine conservation team.

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Best for a sense of adventure / 8. Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts

Park Hyatt, St Kitts

This tropical playground set within the dramatic volcanic terrain of Nevis is a Caribbean gem just waiting to be explored. Get off the beaten path in a 4x4 Land Rover discovering former sugar plantations and lush rainforests or take an exhilarating zip-lining tour into the ‘Valley of the Giants’.

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Best for a sense of adventure / 9. The Landings Resort & Spa, St Lucia

Tucked away on one of St Lucia’s most enticing beaches, The Landings Resort & Spa offers luxurious, spacious and private home from homes catering for almost everything, including a dedicated butler. Incredible adventures await including guided walks through the lush green rainforest to see the beautiful flora and fauna and drives through the only “drive-in” volcano in the Caribbean, or take a trip to Fond Doux Estate, a working plantation and see where cacao is produced.

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Best for Bajan Bliss / 10. Sandy Lane, Barbados

Swimming Pool, Sandy Lane, Barbados

Experience the best of Bajan hospitality at the iconic Sandy Lane Hotel; a home away from home with everything you could possibly need on the grounds of the resort. Enjoy a turtle trip for two followed by relaxing on your very own reserved spot on the spectacular white sandy beach. Relax and rejuvenate with a romantic couples massage at The Spa or if you’re feeling a little more active, enjoy a range of sporting activities including access to some of the best golf courses in the world.

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Best for Bajan Bliss / 11. Cobblers Cove, Barbados

Dining Cobblers Cove, Barbados

Located on a narrow sandy beach near the old-fashioned town of Speightstown, this Relais & Châteaux country house is the perfect tropical hideaway. Giving a nod to Barbados’ UNESCO World Heritage status, delve into the islands culture with a tailor-made tour visiting not only places of interest but private visits to plantation houses and sites not usually open to the public. Alternatively, join Barbados’ favourite fisherman on the Caribbean shores in search of his catch of the day ready to be seasoned with Bajan spices.

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Best of the rest / 12. The House, Barbados

The House, Barbados

Welcome jet-lag massages on arrival, daily champagne breakfasts and themed dinners all make a stay at this adult-only hideaway feel more like an invitation to a private social club with friends. Take a culinary class with Italian Chef Michele Blasi in the Lobby Lounge or a floral arrangement workshop with an award winning local florist before enjoying complimentary afternoon tea in the beautiful open-air setting of the Deck.

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Best of the rest / 13. Curtain Bluff, Antigua

On the lush southern coast of Antigua, a warm welcome awaits into this family run hotel which has been in the same family for 60 years. Heritage is at its heart and owner Chelle plays a very active role in the hotel greeting guests and ensuring that the staff atmosphere is one of a big extended family. Each week Chelle hosts a cocktail party at her home, Bluff House, where guests of Curtain Bluff are invited to mingle amongst cocktails and her world-famous shrimp.

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Best of the rest / 14. Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Nevis

Picture a former sugar plantation overlooking the stunning Nevis Peak with a perfectly formed private beach and a 60-foot swimming pool. Dedicated to their mantra “Live Fully”, Montpelier offers the ideal balance between an active and relaxing holiday. Hop on one of the bicycles for rent and make your way along the coastal roads passing magnificent scenery such as Bath Hot Springs, Alexander Hamilton’s Museum and the Nevisian Heritage Village or simply choose to drink rum punch whilst relaxing on the beach.

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